- Holy shit. So yesterday the FBI released photos of the two people it believed were suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing. Later last night, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer was shot. What ensued was a car chase, followed by a night of gunfire, explosions and a near-complete, ongoing siege of the greater Boston area by police. The two suspects in the MIT shooting were later said to be the two suspects in the marathon bombing, and identified as brothers Tamerlan Tzarnaev, who either died in a confrontation with the police or, possibly, as a result of wounds sustained from an explosion, and Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, who is still on the loose.
- Press reports on the incident were all over the place yesterday. The New York Post again published a flat-out wrong story, falsely implicating two Boston-area runners as suspects. Online sleuths on Reddit repeatedly, and falsely, claimed one of the suspects was a missing student from Brown. And the Tsarnaev brothers are Chechen, meaning from the Caucasus, and are by no means “dark-skinned,” so as you could imagine, CNN’s John King feels a little sheepish. They are Muslim, though, and immigrants, so get ready for further enormous loads of bigoted horseshit.
- 12 people is the confirmed death toll from Wednesday’s explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant, with more than 200 injured.
- Hey, what else is going on? The U.S. is finalizing a $10 billion arms sale with Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
- Former Pakistani dictator Pervez Musharraf is under arrest, after fleeing a court in Islamabad, where authorities initially tried to take him into custody.
- Clashes between thousands of supporters of Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi and groups opposing him have caused injuries in Cairo.
- The ALF destroys fur traps in Ontario.
- Dane Rossman is ordered to be extradited to Canada, in relation to charges stemming from the G20 protests in Toronto in 2010. A federal court allowed another American, Joel Bitar, to voluntarily travel to Canada, where he was arraigned and released back to the U.S. Bitar is also facing charges from the G20 summit.